This qualification is aimed at those who are involved in setting out and erecting masonry structures onsite working
from drawings and specifications. The structures could be brick and blockwork or local materials. It is not expected that
candidates working in this industry all do the same activities, however, candidates will need to prove competence in
cavity wall structures, blockwork structures, solid wall structures, door and window openings and joint finishes. Those
taking the qualification must also prove knowledge and competence in working at heights, calculating quantities and
wastage, use of powered and hand tools and equipment. All work completed must be done in accordance with building
regulations and industry recognised safe working practices, including the disposal of waste.
The qualification is structured to ensure that there is a high degree of flexibility within the units available and will allow
employees from companies of all sizes and specialisms equal opportunity to complete. To provide this opportunity in
addition to the core skills above, candidates will also be able to select optional units recognising skills including working
with non-specialist concrete, masonry cladding, plastering or rendering finishes, slate and tile roofing, installing drainage
and the repair and maintenance of masonry structures.
The standards cover the most important aspects of the job. This qualification is at Level 2, although some units may be
at different levels and should be taken by those who deal with routine assignments. Candidates should require minimum
supervision in undertaking the job.
There is also a Level 3 qualification in trowel occupations through GQA that requires candidates to carry out work on
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